Legendary Shirts:Dukla Prague Away


They were of the best Czechoslovakian teams of the late 1950s and early 1960s whose shirt was immortalized by a song from the British rock band Half Man Biscuit.Dukla Prague was formed in 1948 and but it was until 1956 they got their name which honoured the fallen Czechoslovak soldiers who died during WWII in the Battle Of Dukla Pass.In 1953 they won their 1st title of the Czechoslovakian league,while in 1961 they won the 1st national double (league and cup),in the glory times of the mid-to-late 1950s and early-to-mid 1960s when the club won 8 of its national titles also provided the Czechoslovakian national team a large number of its players.In the 1962 FIFA World Cup held in Chile,Dukla gave 7 players to the Czechoslovakian national team which included one of the best Czech players of all time Josef Masopust who scored in the final against Brazil where Czechoslovakia was beaten 3-1,however Masopust the same year won the European Footballer Of The Year award.The height of the golden generation of Dukla Prague was in 1967 when they reached the semifinals of the European Champions Cup,after that the team faded away and it wasn’t until 1977 that they won the title of national champions which was followed by two more titles in 1979 and 1982,after that the club fell in obscurity and in the mid 1990s dissapeared.However in 2001 the club was brought back under a new leadership and 4 years ago returned to the Czech top league.What the club made a cult wasn’t just its successes but a song from 1987 recorded by Half Man Biscuit titled All I want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague away kit.The shirt became a cult hit among collectors as well as football fans across the world.The yellow shirt with red sleeves which Masopust wore in the best days of the club is gained a cult following and also became a cult christmas present for football fans across the world,so you know what to buy for a family member this Christmas.



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